Pahang – one the third largest state in Malaysia, after Sarawak and Sabah, with the state capital being Kuantan and Pekan being the royal seat.
Pahang is bordered to the north by Kelantan, to the west by Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, to the south by Johor and to the east by Terengganu and the South China Sea.
Some of the essential townships consist of Jerantut, Kuala Lipis, Temerloh and the hill resorts of Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Bukit Tinggi and Fraser’s Hill.
The physical geography can be broken into roughly three sections known as:
Highlands: The rainforest covers the highlands, with thinner and deciduous trees.
The Cameron Highlands is the highest on the mainland, and the climate is temperate enough to have discrete temperature variations year round. The highland is also very famous as an extensive tea plantation as well with major supplier of leguminous plant and vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore.
Genting Highlands is the famous tourist spot is the home to few good hotels, a theme park and Malaysia’s only casino. Established by Lim Goh Tong and 40 minutes away from the capital of Kuala Lumpur, who proposed a hillside getaway destination for people to get away from city hustle and bustle.
Fraser’s Hill was used as a British summer getaway to escape the tropical heat. With the architectural building and a perfect holiday destination, this Fraser Hill is a perfect place for a holiday. One can also find native Orang Asli who lives in the area.
Rainforest: Taman Negara is the home to the country’s largest national park which holds many rare or endangered animals, such as the tapir, kancil, tigers and leopards.
The peninsula’s highest point, Gunung Tahan, is located within Taman Negara and the rainforest covers 2/3 of the area of the state. The rainforests in Malaysia are among the oldest in the world, roughly 130 million years old.
Lakes: Tasik Bera is one of the famous sites located near Ramsar which is significant for its rich freshwater peat environment, home to various flora and fauna. The Semelai Orang Asli live in the area and continue their traditional way of life, hunting, fishing and making use of their natural environment. There’s also Tasik Cini which is believed to be the home to a legend whereby a dragon was believed to reside in the lake.
Coastal Areas: This is where the state capital Kuantan is located with the largely mountainous state flattens out towards the coastline. There are also many islands offshore, including Pulau Tioman, with extensive coral reef systems.
Destinations in Pahang
- Bera Lake – Located about 2 hours from Temerloh. One can get here by boat or by car.
- Chini Lake – The lake which is famous with the legendary dragon
- Cameron Highlands – Malaysia’s premier hill resort and site of huge tea plantations
- Cherating – Most popular beach in Pahang
- Fraser’s Hill – Colonial summer getaway
- Genting Highlands – Malaysia’s famous theme park and the site of its only legal casino
- Janda Baik – A mountainside of dramatic peaks, valleys and ravines, fastened together with attractive streams and waterfalls
- Pantai Batu Hitam – 10 minutes away from Jalan Beserah and Balok
- Taman Negara National Park – Malaysia’s oldest national park
- Teluk Chempedak – Situated about 5 kilometres from Kuantan City
- Tioman – Designated as the most gorgeous island in the world
Travel by bus
The main express bus terminal in Pahang is Terminal Makmur Express Bus Terminal in Kuantan. There are also other bus terminals such as Raub Express Bus Terminal, Temerloh Express Bus Terminal, Bentong Express Bus Terminal, Jerantut Express Bus Terminal, Muadzam Shah Express Bus Terminal, Kuala Lipis Express Bus Terminal, Kuala Rompin Express Bus Terminal and Triang Express Bus Terminal.
There are also several bus operators providing services to and fro Kuala Lumpur – Kuantan which takes about 5 hours, inclusive of refreshment and toilet breaks. There are also services to and fro Kuala Lumpur’s Puduraya bus station.
Plusliner, Nice, Transnasional, Newsia, Konsortium are few of the major coach operators that provide express bus services to Pahang.
Hop in a bus
There are local bus services that run from Jalan Besar.